Built to Thrill

Tell us about your cool job.
I work as a painter/sandblaster at a shipyard. I’ve been doing it for the past five years! It’s definitely one of the most dirty and difficult jobs I’ve had. But I’ve learned a lot and it’s always entertaining to see the reactions of people who ask me what I do for a living.

What are the artistic aspects to your gig? Has it affected the way you interact with tattooers and vice versa?
Honestly, it’s not much of an artistic job. We go into an area of the boat, sandblast/prep the metal for paint, and then paint. But I feel that my job makes tattooers respect me more. I’m not your typical girly girl.

What made you get a back piece?
I didn’t intend to get a full back piece. I started with my mermaid—which was part of a cover-up I got when I was younger—and just went from there. My favorite movie is The Little Mermaid and I decided I wanted to go with an “under the sea” theme. I was obsessed with the movie and even wanted to change my name to Ariel.

Do you feel like that is your most valuable real estate?
Definitely! I’ve put so much time, not to mention money, into getting it done. I’m working on finishing my sleeve too, and that is pretty much a continuation of my back piece. So definitely my back piece and sleeve. And I have to say the booty as well. Although it’s not tattoo-related, I’ve put a lot of work into that too!

Can you tell us about the process?
It is such a long process. It took me just under two years for the back. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I can only sit for two-or-three hours at the most! I’d say I handled the pain pretty well, but after I was over it, I was completely over it until the next session. But my tattoo artist Bo McConaghie always had stories to share that helped take my mind off the pain and make it go by fast.

Speaking of going fast, what kind of driver are you?
My friends would say I drive like a grandma. But I guess it depends on what kind of day I’m having. I mean, I think we all can have a little road rage at times right?

What was your first car?
My first car was a bright green ‘98 Chevy Cavalier! It was a good car… until I totaled it shortly after getting my license.

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